Darlingtonia State Natural Site, Florence

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Darlingtonia State Natural Site is a state park and botanical preserve located five miles north of Florence, Oregon, United States on U.S. Route 101, just west of Mercer Lake and south of Sutton Lake that is dedicated to the preservation of a rare plant.Darlingtonia californica is a carnivorous plant, commonly known as the cobra lily, which traps insects in its hollow tubular leaves, whose top is flared into a hollow dome with a forked "tongue" that gives the species its common name. In late spring, they bear purple and yellow flowers that rise above the green cobra-like leaves. Darlingtonia are found only in wet meadows and bogs with acidic soils low in nitrogen. The rare, strangely shaped plant is the only member of the pitcher plant family Sarraceniaceae in Oregon.The park has a short loop trail through a peat bog area overlooking patches of Darlingtonia. It is the only Oregon state park dedicated to the protection of a single plant species.
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  • While visiting the area, we stopped in. We've been here a few times before. Not overly exciting, but interesting. They done a nice job building the walkway into this plant area.  more »
  • Have visited this site several times to share with visiting family. It is just off the road and a very short walk to see the plants. We have only seen it in winter so the flowers weren’t in bloom, but...  more »
  • Fun little Forest to explore. Plants that are rare and fun to read about their exclusivity to Oregon and the coastal region.  more »
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  • Often overlooked this place is a must for naturalists like us. The best collection of pitcher plants I've ever seen. Look around for the rest of this amazing ecosystem.
  • Biggest Pitcher Plants I've ever seen. Quick easy hike to an amazing endemic plant population found only here and Northern California
  • Nice little path and boardwalk. Interesting insect-eating plants. Nicely shaded picnic tables.
  • Beautiful short path around the cobra Lily patches. Amazing when they're in season
  • Interesting place to see...almost didnt stop because it seemed like just a stop in the road but it was worth it...educational as well.

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